Mark, David Robyn & Liz,
If you need cash, but don't want to sell stock or options, I have a possible solution. I am currently waiting for approval for a Line of Credit (LOC) at PaineWebber. I don't know how much each of you has there, but I have all of my assets (stocks) held there, which includes managed accounts (i.e., Cypress Asset & TCW). If you need funds for something, such as a private investment, a new car or to pay down some other more costly debt, then you can draw on this LOC up to 65% the value of the collateral. The terms of the LOC does not allow for the purchase public equities (stocks). I will say that we are getting the "family special" on this, because this would typically only be offered to clients that had tens of millions with PaineWebber.
The LOC terms are the following:
(1) Must have combined assets < $550,000 held at Painewebber (must be marketable securities, excludes PaineWebber alternative investments)
(2) Rate is 30 day-LIBOR plus 45 basis points (same rate for KLL/LPL)
(3) 65% LTV
Alternatively, you can borrow on your margin account there if you already have one. However, the LTV is only 50%.
I notified Ann Bennett (PaineWebber) today that this might be of interest for some of you. You can call her directly at 713-957-7042 to set this up. I would be happy to discuss this further with any of you.